Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s chief justice wants judges and other court staff across the state to be among the second wave of people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, saying that doing so “will keep our court system running, safeguard rights, and slow the spread of the virus.” Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack made the request in a letter to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive. The Detroit News reports that McCormack asked that judges and court workers still performing work in-person at Michigan’s courthouses be among the “essential workers” to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

ATLANTA (AP) — Changes to the way millions of Americans voted this year contributed to record turnout, but that’s no guarantee the measures making it easier to cast ballots will stick around for future elections. Republicans in some states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden already are pushing for new restrictions on absentee voting. It’s an option many states expanded amid the coronavirus outbreak that proved hugely popular and helped ensure one of the smoothest election days in memory. Nevertheless, Republicans in Georgia, Pennsylvania and elsewhere are proposing a variety of measures that would make it more complicated to use mail ballots. 

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Texas woman faces federal charges in Michigan for allegedly selling a toxic diet pill online to residents in the state’s Saginaw and Washtenaw counties. The Bay City Times reports that Judith Holloway was indicted by a grand jury on five counts of introduction of a new drug into interstate commerce and seven counts of introduction of a misbranded drug into interstate commerce. She allegedly obtained the drug DNP from suppliers and profited from its sale. DNP has never been approved as safe for human consumption, is highly toxic, and may cause adverse health effects. Prosecutors allege that Holloway ran a website and used eBay to sell DNP, and at least some of her customers were in Saginaw and Washtenaw counties, court records state.

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula community is selling chances to guess when replica mining equipment will fall through ice at Teal Lake as the lake’s ice cover melts. It’s an annual fundraiser organized by the Negaunee Lions Club and the local Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $5 for each entry. Participants guess the date and time when the equipment hits the water. The winner gets 50% of the net proceeds or at least $500. This year’s winner received $1,579 when the ice broke on May 3. In 2019, the winning guess was April 26. Information on buying tickets is available at or